Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/31/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Caldwell: First UMC
Wichita West District
Cheney, KS UMC
Wichita West District
Clearwater, KS UMC
Milton UMC
Wichita West District
Coats: Grace UMC
Glendale UMC
Lake City UMC
Wichita West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 20

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
    The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary,
    and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings,
    and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.Selah

May he grant you your heart’s desire,
    and fulfill all your plans.
May we shout for joy over your victory,
    and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
    he will answer him from his holy heaven
    with mighty victories by his right hand.
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
    but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
They will collapse and fall,
    but we shall rise and stand upright.

Give victory to the king, O Lord;
    answer us when we call.

Today's Devotional

We all need a prayer of victory in our lives at different times in our lives.  Yet it seems that a prayer of victory would be appropriate daily.  Looking at Psalm 20 gives us the perspective to do just that.  The instructions are written plainly.  David makes it clear that God is in control and is truly for us and not against us.

In reading the passage, the key is God is our source.  Looking to the Lord is the answer, not the things of this world.  David talks about taking pride in chariots and horses.  These two items are no different than some of our worldly possessions that we put our trust in.  Again, God is the answer. 

If we would do as the psalmist writes, by shouting for joy over our victory in the name of Lord then the attention is taken off the problem or situation that we are facing and moved to God in all His mercy.  When our obedience is given to Him, that allows the Holy Spirit to make us into the person that God truly designed us to be.  Let us take the time needed to read, meditate, and act on the above scripture to allow God to work in our life to make it a victorious way of living.  In the new year coming, let us look for the best for ourselves, our family, and the church.  

-Pastor Brad Zimmerman
Bucklin UMC


Prayer for Reflection

Dear God, we pray for the wisdom and strength to seek you first and always in all situations.    Amen.


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